Special admissions schemes
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants - domestic applicants only
- Rural origin applicants - domestic applicants only
- PhD or master's by research applicants
Double Degree Medicine - Undergraduate entry
Please see the Double Degree Medicine page for details.
Doctor of Medicine - Graduate-entry
Applicants must have completed a previous degree or be in the final year of a bachelor’s degree to be considered. Sydney Medical School has no “pre-medicine” course, so must rely on applicants’ performance in their previous degree to indicate their tertiary level study skills. These are fundamental to success in the program. In general, the applicants’ GPA (as calculated by the UAC) should be at least 4.5, but applicants with a lower mark who can demonstrate improvement over the duration of their tertiary studies will be considered eligible for admission, particularly if their final year of most recent tertiary study demonstrates high level skills.
Applicants must have sat their GAMSAT examination. It is preferred that applicants have achieved a minimum score of 50 in each section of the GAMSAT, and in particular that they have passed the GAMSAT III (science) paper. However applicants may still be considered eligible for admission if this result is not achieved.
The “two-year” rule requiring students to have completed their previous degree with at least two years in their awarding institution will be waived.
Applicants who are deemed eligible for interview will be required to attend an additional interview as part of the MMI process.
Applicants must provide one of the following forms of Proof of Aboriginality:
1. Evidence of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent
Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent may be proved by:
- birth records or genealogies verified by a suitable authority as applicable to you, or
- a letter with a “Common Seal” signed by the Chairperson of an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander incorporated organisation from the town/suburb in which you live or have previously lived (where records are not available).
2. Evidence of self-identification as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
To demonstrate self-identification, you should sign a statutory declaration that you are an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. Please refer to the Admissions Guide for the required statutory declaration.
Applicants must upload the required document to Sydney Student at the time of application. If you do not provide the appropriate document, your application will be processed as a standard application and not via the special admission scheme for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants.
The Indigenous Health Education Unit is able to advise and support you through the application process. They can provide you with additional information about the Doctor of Medicine, and about studying medicine.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants should contact Dr Lilon Bandler for more information and support. Please call +61 2 9036 7577 or email .
Doctor of Medicine - Graduate-entry
Facilitated entry is available for applicants who certify that they are of rural origin. An applicant is defined to be of rural origin if he or she has lived in an ASGC-RA 2-5 area for at least five years since the beginning of primary school.
ASGC-RA refers to the Australian Standard Geographical Classification – Remoteness Area. The Remoteness Area classifications are:
- RA1 - Major cities of Australia
- RA2 - Inner regional Australia
- RA3 - Outer regional Australia
- RA4 - Remote Australia
- RA5 - Very remote Australia.
To determine if you are from an eligible area use the ASGC look-up tool.
Proof of Rural Origin
Applicants of rural origin will be required to sign a statutory declaration as the only acceptable proof of rural background.
You must upload the required statutory declaration, with other required documents, to Sydney Student at the time of application. If you do not upload the statutory declaration, your application will be processed as a standard application and you will not be treated as an applicant for the Rural Facilitated Entry scheme.
Refer to the Admissions Guide for further information about qualifying as a rural origin applicant.
Doctor of Medicine - Graduate-entry
For 2015 entry, applicants with a PhD or a master’s degree by research* from a recognised institution whose GAMSAT results have met the minimum score of 50 in each section of the GAMSAT (see Admissions Test) will be deemed eligible for interview regardless of their undergraduate GPA.
In addition, applicants with a PhD by research will have 3 percentage points added to their total final score (determined by the Medical School). There will be no extra points for other types of doctorates or master's degrees.
The PhD or master's degree by research must have been conferred less than 10 years before 1 January of the year in which the applicant intends to commence the Doctor of Medicine (i.e. for 2015 entry, an applicant's PhD or master's degree by research must not be conferred earlier than 1 January 2005).
*Some master’s degrees by research or PhD may require a limited amount of coursework, however, the research component must comprise 2/3 or more of the overall course requirements. Proof of award must indicate that the degree met this requirement.
Future admissions cycles:
For 2015 and 2016 entry only, applicants with a PhD or a master’s degree by research from a recognised institution whose GAMSAT results have met the minimum GAMSAT requirements applicable at the time of application (currently a minimum score of 50 in each section of the GAMSAT) will continue to be deemed eligible for interview regardless of their undergraduate GPA.
Note: The PhD or master's degree by research must have been conferred less than 10 years before 1 January of the year in which the applicant intends to commence the Doctor of Medicine (i.e. for entry in 2015, an applicant's PhD or master's degree by research must not be conferred earlier than 1 January 2005, or for entry in 2016, the applicant's PhD or master's degree by research must have been conferred earlier than 1 January 2006).
All prospective applicants are reminded that they must provide evidence that they have qualified for their PhD or master’s degree by research at the time of application for admission to the Doctor of Medicine if they wish to be offered an interview on the basis of their research degree qualification.
From 2016 (for entry in 2017), applicants with a PhD or a master's by research will no longer be deemed automatically eligible for interview.
Note: The policy of adding 3 percentage points to the total final score will be reviewed in 2015 (for entry in 2016), and is not expected to apply beyond that time.
Sydney Medical School regularly reviews the admission criteria and application processes for its courses, including the Doctor of Medicine. It reserves the right to change these criteria and processes without notice. Information on this website provides advice about the currently applicable criteria and processes, and may not be correct for future application periods.